I just finished my first year of teaching! I survived and even felt like I had a pretty good year all around. Last week was my first full week of vacation and I spent it relaxing. Now, I'm ready to take a look at my lessons from last year and make them even better for next year. So here's what I am working with. I teach a tenth grade World Civilization class and we are on block schedule so we have about 85 minutes for class. Most days, the first 15 or 20 minutes are spent doing starter activities, review quizzes, and class annoucenemnts and current events. The next 30 minutes or so are usually either direct instruction, class discussion, or note taking. I like to spend about 30 minutes with an activity that reinforces the information from class notes. Some of the activities I have used in the past include scavenger hunts, reading comprehension, making political cartoons, making posters, etc. I would really appreciate some new ideas. I'm looking especially for activities that are somehwat generic and could be plugged into different units or used more than once but anythign is helpful.